025 Memorize The Bible With Me – Be Prepared to Give an Answer – 1 Peter 3:15-16

by Dan Horner on August 22, 2012


MemorizeTheBibleWithMe.comBe Prepared To Give An Answer

The Bible Verse this week is from 1 Peter chapter 3, verses 15 and 16.  This chapter contains a very familiar section (verse 15) which tells people who follow Jesus Christ that they must be prepared to give an answer.  We must be prepared to share our story.

But why would anyone ask about our faith?

I think this is the part we forget to ask ourselves? 

Am I approachable when it comes to having an honest conversation about Jesus? 

What, if anything, would cause someone to think of me when they have doubts and questions about God?

The key is at the very beginning of verse 15:  “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.”

 This means that Jesus Christ is in control of our lives.  If I set Jesus as Lord of my life, that means that I therefore am His servant. 

Paul calls this a “Bond-Servant.”

Now this is certaining a different way to live and people, experiencing this, will ask questions.

We should be prepared to answer.

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. 

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 

But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

1 Peter 3:15-16

 Then Peter gives us his experienced  advice

“…Do this with gentleness and respect,…” 

Bottom line:

  • God loves people and sent His Son to earth to pay the ultimate price for them
  • It’s His perspective that says we need to be ready to explain the hope that we have
  • We may not agree with the person who is asking, we don’t have to
  • But we certainly can gently tell our stories and respecfully introduce searching people to what the Bible says
  • We don’t need to alter the message, what’s found in the Bible can stand for itself

Can you remember a time when someone shared with you using “gentleness and respect”?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.  I’ll be sure to respond.

You can also email me at Dan@MemorizeTheBibleWithMe.com

God Bless and Have a Great Week!


Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.


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